Mosquitoes can be really awful and annoying. Even though they are great food for bats and birds, no one wants them near their backyard. Unfortunately, the harsh chemicals used to repel them are not the best solution. So, apart from making your backyard less friendly to the mosquitoes by getting rid of any standing water, what can you do to keep them away?
The mosquitoes as well as many other biting insects are attracted to certain odors in human skin. They are especially attracted to the body odor and other secretions. This means that if you are running or exercising a lot, the sweat will attract more mosquitoes near you. Certain strong and unpleasant smells can actually hide your scent and keep the mosquitoes away from you. There are several plants with strong scents that we find pleasant. These plants can help you hide your scent and dissuade the mosquitoes from getting close enough to bite you.
However, you can`t just plant and be done. The aroma should be in the air around you, and the best would be if it reaches your skin. To do this and get the optimum results, crush some herb leaves in your hands in order to release their scent. Then, rub the leaves and oil over your skin. Keep reading and learn which 7 herbs are the most recommended to be kept in pots on a porch, near the door, or anywhere else you plan to.
The perfume of this flower is well-known. The flower itself is lovely-smelling, potent and beautiful one. Apart from being a beautiful flower which many people love, it has the ability to repel mosquitoes and keep flies and moths away. The perfume will scent the air, but it is even more effective when rubbed on skin.
Thanks to its strong citronella-like smell, this perennial is often referred to as “mosquito plant”. However, even though it is the most marketed, many studies suggest that it is the least effective in dissuading mosquitoes from getting close to you. Still, by rubbing it on your skin, it will provide some protection and some benefits.
- Lemon Balm
The lemon balm belongs to the mint family. It has white flowers and lemony scent. Most importantly, it has some important healing properties. Its most known property is keeping biting insects away. However, be careful when growing it because it is also an invasive species.
- Sage+ Rosemary
If you are planning to gather around a fire, add some sage or rosemary into it. These plants give off incense which has two benefits. It smells good but the mosquitoes find it unpleasant and as a result, they are kept away. Just make sure you are near the fire.
According to a 2009 study, the essential oil from this herb is toxic to mosquito larvae.
The peppermint is often used as an insect repellent. In addition, its essential oil has the ability to kill the larvae of several species and keep away the adults.
This herb also belongs to the mint family. It contains a chemical called nepetalactone, which is both an useful insect repellent and a feline attractant.